Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Sex, Deviance, and Drama from the Golden Age of Hollywood Cinema
In one of Hollywood's first major scandals, he was implicated in the death of Virginia Rappe, an actress who died under mysterious circumstances in his hotel room. Even though Arbuckle was eventually cleared in court, the gossip press continued to associate his name with orgies and debauchery. His career never recovered.
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Petersen reviews these and other film-star scandals with obvious affection for the bygone era of "Old Hollywood," when movie stars seemed to embody everyone's hopes, dreams and fears. It must have been a lot of fun for her to peruse the old gossip sheets she lists as her sources.
Despite the author's academic credentials, the text is never weighed down by grad-school jargon or pompous theorizing. If you, too, would like to revisit the days when movie stars really were larger-than-life figures, you may enjoy this book. Picked up this book as a diversionary reading experience.
I was not disappointed. The stars of course are dated as advertised but the stories are interesting and remind us of how particularly social mores have changed over the years and how some have remained the same. Not a great deal of new info to be gleaned on some of the characters covered but the author had an engaging style of writing that made this a page turner. I found this book to be readable but I was disappointed in the lack of depth.
Petersen spent very little time explaining the culture and expectations of the societies in which these celebrities lived. Without this explanation, the stories did not seem all that scandalous. Here at Walmart. Your email address will never be sold or distributed to a third party for any reason.
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